Many home improvement companies have been slow come up with any change in suppliers as the industry has slowed during the recent recession. Afraid to rock the boat, retailers of doors and windows have chosen to weather the storm by trying to expenses rather than investigate new solutions. The market has been evolving though, mainly due to quantum leaps in technology, composite door manufacturing being a prime example.

Composite doors are recognised as being superior to straightforward UPVC doors and improvements in the manufacturing process have meant that composite doors are now priced around the same as UPVC doors. I won’t go into much detail as to why composite doors are becoming the preferred choice of UK consumers, there are plenty of articles on that subject, some even written by yours truly. Suffice declare that when faced having a choice of a new family saloon or a meaningful Rolls Royce for inside same price, the choice, for many, is irresistible!
Anyway, I’m well known locally for my marketing experience, in particular assisting new business start-ups hence there is no was delighted to answer the call for a house improvement company in Devon that has for some time been retailing UPVC windows and doors. They were interested in selling composite doors as the demand for them amongst local residents was growing quickly.
The principal basis for this was appropriate that the pros in the upgrading industry, the market leaders in fact, had began selling composite doors recently and had positioned these products in the top of their price range, reflecting the superiority of composite over UPVC doors.

The first problem was the cost of switching the main focus of door retailing to an amalgamated doors range and away from UPVC, which is what all of declared were offering. Entering into the fast growing composite doors market seemed a good move but the cost of outfitting a showroom was beyond reach. So the first thing we did would be to get onto Google, find out who the players were in composite door manufacturing and supply and then placed both of them to the test.

Obviously price and credit facilities were major factors, as was order to delivery turnaround, returns policy and product quality. There did actually be little distinction between the door manufacturers here as each one of those approached had many years experience with the home improvements market and recognised the need for credit facilities, keen prices and fast turnaround. Not to note that with improvement British Standards into the composite manufacturing industry, the manufacturing processes were extremely common.

Where some companies fell down though was when we asked them the money they were going test and do to help us to sell their products. The lack of marketing support, knowledge and training was truly shameful, indicative with the slow decline in Britain’s manufacturing base (Short term thinking ,worrying about immediate costs versus long term investment for business has often been the bane of British Industry).
This ‘test’ though allowed certain door manufacturers to shimmer. The ones that we chose as suppliers were easily recognisable as companies that placed heavy focus customer service and, more importantly recognised that their customer was in fact the retailer, not the end purchaser of a new door.

The simple test we put would be to see which door manufacturers would assist us to stock a showroom with sample products, provide reason for sales materials and help us to get the word out locally about the superiority of composite doors over UPVC doors. Our reasoning was that it cost several thousand pounds to outfit a new showroom and get initial customers, when i was going to be ordering from gonna do it . suppliers for years, so why when they not share as start-up cost?

There were some companies that were willing to help, either by proving a ‘credit’ over the cost of product samples or bring down proving samples regarding charge. Two companies totally outshined the rest and my Devon-based door supplier has signed up with both of them:

Door-Stop International, tipped by many people to end up being the market leader in the long term had obviously done their homework and also cutting-edge technology such the own-brand website which retailers can use for in-home demonstrations too as advertising tool. This amazing site has a design feature that allows potential purchasers to discover style, colour and furnishings for their ideal door and the internet site shows the finished design and price instantly, even including an online ordering unit.

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